Types of Benefits Provided: The Law School Clinical Experience program
supports expanded supervision of students engaged 1n clinical experience
while allowing institutions to develop and expand their clinical curricula.
Program Scope: For academic year 1983-84, $605,000 was awarded from
fiscal year 1983 funds to support clinical legal education programs at
29 law schools. The average grant was about $21,000. Academic year
1984-85 grant award amounts will be slightly higher.
Program Effectiveness: Since the program was first funded in FY 1978, more
than 100 law schools have received $12,5 million to support their clinical
legal education program. These grants have enabled law schools to:
1. Develop new areas of clinical experience and incorporate them in law
2. Increase the participation of law school faculty in the supervision
of students 1n clinical legal education programs.
3. Provide appropriate and improved supervision of students enrolled in
4. Increase the number of students participating in clinical programs.
5. Improve skills of law students in interviewing witnesses, conducting
investigation and analysis, counseling clients, negotiating compromises,
drafting documents, advocating before legal decisionmakers, and train-
ing in professional responsibility.
6. Develop appropriate plans to assume the entire costs of these programs
without Federal funding.
D. Plans for Program Improvement and Recommendations for Legislation:
Most of the nation's accredited law schools now have programs of clinical
experience. For example, the Ford Foundation-sponsored Council on Legal
Education for Professional Responsibility has spent about $7 million over
the past 10 years to support about TOO clinical legal education programs.
Law schools are now including such clinics in their regular budgets.
Consequently, the Administration sees no justification for continued
Federal funding of this program.
E. Supporting Studies and Analyses Cited in Section C Above:
o Program Files, Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of
Education, 1984.which will render a needed service to a group